IAN ANDERSON of JETHRO TULL Chimes In on New Album “The Zealot Gene” and Different Eras of the Band: “All Members Past and Present of The Band Feel Good About Each Other”

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If there’s one person that can be called a prog-rock icon, that’s Ian Anderson. Having started his first band in 1963, he went on to form Jethro Tull in 1967, and became the band leader and the sole member to have been on all lineups of the group. He also released several solo albums which felt like an extension of his work with Tull, and created a unique style by playing the flute while standing on one leg. Jethro Tull‘s influence continues to be felt in many prog and metal bands, and they continue to move audiences around the world with their exquisite blend of folk, odd time signatures and classical music.

January 28th brings another entry in Jethro Tull‘s extensive catalog, an expansive collection of songs entitled “The Zealot Gene”. The genesis of the album came from Anderson writing down the names of strong human emotions on paper, and relating those emotions, good or bad, with stories from the bible. Although there’s no official concept on the lyrics, the idea of duality comes up in more ways than one, and is also reflected in the light and shade of the cover.This is the first release under the Jethro Tull name since 2003’s “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album”.

Sonic Perspectives flagship interviewer Rodrigo Altaf sat down with Ian Anderson to discuss the writing and recording of “The Zealot Gene”, and they also addressed the relationship between band members, Ian‘s thoughts on how music is consumed nowadays, and much more. For more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and  subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.


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